Saturday, June 27, 2020

No Screaming Please

photo from the internet

Tokyo Disney Parks and other theme parks in Japan closed in late February due to the coronavirus. Now that infection numbers are decreasing in Japan, the amusement parks are deciding what precautions they will need to welcome guests back safely.  The East Japan and West Japan Theme Park Associations have prepared guidelines which are titled "Guidelines to Prevent the Spread of Infection of the Novel Coronavirus". 

You have to understand, in Japan, guidelines mean polite requests.  The thing is, requesting politely works.  No one argues or protests, they just do it.  I love living in Japan. No lockdowns, no fines or punishment, people get that not following the requests will be dangerous for everyone.

So, back to the guidelines - - - Some are pretty straight forward, like limiting the number of people in the park, checking temperatures and denying entry to those with fevers, asking guests to wear masks.  The guidelines also ask the facilities to encourage cashless payment systems and use advance purchase tickets in order to shorten the time standing in lines and handling cash, in addition to keeping doors and windows open for better ventilation in indoor attractions. 

Then we come to - - - Urge guests to refrain from shouting or screaming on roller coasters and other conveyance-style attractions. Because coronavirus is spread by airborne particles, the associations would rather not have riders' saliva or other particles from the mouth flying around. This guideline also applies to indoor attractions and character shows, as well as haunted houses. This one might be difficult, but I feel sure people will try hard not to scream.  

Tokyo Disney and Disney Sea are set to reopen on Wednesday, July 1st. Ticket prices for one day range from 4900 yen for young children to 8200 yen for adults.


kiwikid said...

I wish people her would listen to polite requests, lots are ignoring the restrictions and the virus has started up again. Might be hard not to scream on some of those rides.

Janie said...

People are so easily terrified here. There are areas where there are up and downs which is very normal. But then the fake news which vomits hysteria starts the hysteria band wagon going and those who are easily unsettled come unglued.
They obviously don't understand immunology and would rather follow the ignorant fake news. Too bad for them.

jacaranda said...

People have become very complacent here, no longer respecting social distancing, panic buying of toilet paper has started again. The only way to get me from not screaming on a roller to not go on it all.

roughterrain crane said...

It would not easy to get accustomed to a new life style under the long time risk of infection.
Stay safe and have a nice Sunday.

Queeniepatch said...

I haven't been to Disneyland or Disneysea for a long time and am amazed at the high cost these days.
Yes, the Japanese are rather good at following polite requests, although in recent weeks there has been a surge in new infections in Tokyo - especially among the younger generation.

Jeanie said...

This is really interesting. I sure wouldn't be ready to go to a theme park for awhile. I'm always impressed with the politeness of the Japanese. It may be for that reason alone you are all doing better than we are.

Leonore Winterer said...

I love how putting polite requests out works in Japan. Here, ever since laws turned into requests, noone seems to heed them anymore.
I get how screaming in rollercoasters - especially indoors - can be a hazard right now. I know people are forbidden from singing in church here, for example.